Ozil omission surprises Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the decision taken by the Professional Footballers’ Association to leave Mesut Ozil out of the PFA Team of the Year.

The World Cup winner has been outstanding in the middle of the park for the Gunners this term, providing 18 assists, while finding the back of the net six times, and needs just two more assists to level Thierry Henry’s record of 20 in a single season.

However, Leicester duo N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, Dele Alli from Tottenham and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet were all preferred over Ozil.

“It’s a surprise to me. It’s the players who vote. I don’t know why they didn’t pick him,” Wenger said after his side’s 2-0 win over West Brom.

“When you are top of the assists usually that’s a sign of quality which means you should get a place in the top team.”

Hector Ballerin, who has made over 30 Premier League appearances thus far, is the only representative from the Emirates Stadium.

“The positive of the season is that Hector has been consistent,” Wenger said.